Together against Modern-Day Slavery: A Conversation with Matt Friedman

A Conversation with Matt Friedman //

Can you give us a breakdown of modern slavery? What are the main types of slavery today and the general demographics of people being enslaved?

Matt: The latest figure is 45.8 million people in modern slavery. About 66%, or about 30 million of them are in Asia. About 75% of them are in forced labor—and this includes fishing, manufacturing, people who are kind of forced into sweatshops and agriculture sites, domestic helpers that are abused. 25% of the remainders are in forced prostitution, that includes mostly women and girls. For the most part the profits generated from modern slavery are estimated to be 150 billion U.S. dollars a year. The amount of money that is used to fight this is about 350 million U.S. dollars, or 0.23 % of the profits of the 150 billion. The number of people who are helped globally a…

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